The relatively young Second Saturday Gallery Night, a Highland Park art walk put on by the North East Los Angeles Arts Organization, is one of the most vivacious and promising in L.A. It features more than 20 officially participating galleries, along with dozens of other less formally affiliated spaces, none of which are much more than 3 years old or funded by much more than the personal passion of the owners and curators. The terrain of the gallery route retains much of the grittiness of a small town after a boom. What makes it so compelling is the purity of vision, charm and intrepid approaches to expression contained in the content of a community art scene that has easy freeway access to one of the biggest cultural capitals anywhere in the country or world. Spilling eastward over the landscape, it offers the most thoughtful, progressively experimental and subtly beautiful visual and performance art the City of Angels has had to offer up-and-coming art aficionados in some time. —Anna Jones

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